Arsenal Transfer News: 'World-class Players' Currently on Arsene Wenger's Radar

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMarch 19, 2014

Bayern's Mario Mandzukic, left, and Arsenal's Mesut Ozil challenge for the ball during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and FC Arsenal in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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If recent reports are to be believed, Arsenal are looking to sign at least two world-class players during the upcoming summer transfer window in an effort to end a trophy drought that has lasted for almost a decade.

Jamie Sanderson of Metro claims the club will look to take advantage of strong financial results and continue spending after already breaking the club transfer record for German midfielder Mesut Ozil last year.

Following reports the Gunners are no longer interested in Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa (Goal's Wayne Veysey claims Arsene Wenger finds the Spanish striker "too cumbersome"), the market for players that could be considered "world-class" seems to be fairly limited.

Let's take a look at some of the biggest names being linked to Arsenal, as well as one player that has the potential to be among the world's greatest very soon.


Mario Mandzukic

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As reported by David Wright of The Express, the Bayern Munich striker appears to be more available than ever with Robert Lewandowski set to join the Bavarian giants this summer and former club Wolfsburg pulling out of the race for his signature.

I recently wrote an article on why the Croatian forward should be Arsenal's top priority this summer, and if Wenger truly isn't interested in Costa, Mandzukic would be the only striker available on the market that could be described as world-class.

Blessed with impressive physical tools, an impressive work ethic and a scoring record the rest of the team's strikers could only dream of (19 goals in 29 total appearances, per, Mandzukic would present the perfect signing for a team looking for help in the attacking front.


Dani Alves

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Is the Brazilian wing-back still a world-class player?

Personally, I'd say no, but he is one of the biggest names in world football currently linked to the Gunners, according to Charles Perrin of The Express.

Plying his trade with Barcelona, Alves is the ultimate offensive wing-back, combining pace and power with excellent technique and crossing ability. Alves will run up and down the wing for 90 minutes, tormenting opposing wing-backs with overlapping runs and cuts toward the box.

The Brazilian was never a great defender, but he is more than capable of holding his own, and while his days in Catalonia seem numbered, he could still be an impact player in the English Premier League, a league that would suit his physical playing style like a glove.

With Alves seemingly free to depart the Camp Nou, the wing-back could prove to be a bargain with at least three of four more years of solid production left in the tank.


Julian Draxler

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This one simply won't go away. Metro's Jamie Sanderson reports Draxler informed his current club Schalke 04 that he's ready for a new challenge, and with Arsenal already having made an offer for the highly rated German youngster in January, the rumour mill is spinning once again.

The winger is one of the most wanted players in football, and a hefty release clause means nothing if a player is set on leaving.

As shared by I Love Arsenal, Robert Pires seems to think Draxler would make perfect sense for the Gunners:

Adding a superstar winger can do wonders for your attack and disguise a lack of quality at the striker position. Jose Mourinho and Chelsea have used the same formula to perfection this season, and if managed correctly, Draxler has a ceiling very close to that of Eden Hazard.


Simone Scuffet


If you've ever heard of Simone Scuffet before, you're either an Arsenal superfan or someone who follows the Italian Serie A.

Scuffet is a 17-year old goalkeeper currently plying his trade with Udinese. For those unfamiliar with the Serie A, Udinese are arguably the league's biggest talent farm and normally field one the league's best veteran stoppers in Zeljko Brkic.

Still not legally allowed to drive a car, Scuffet was promoted to Udinese's senior setup 18 months ahead of schedule and became the team's starter when Brkic went down with an injury, but the Serbian star keeper has since been unable to regain his spot thanks to a series of incredible performances from the Italian youngster.

Arsene Wenger knows how to spot young talent, so it's no surprise Jamie Sanderson is already linking the Gunners with a summer move, per Metro.

Scuffet has already been promoted to Italy's U19 squad (and Italy's youth setup is filled with talented keepers like Nicola Leali and Mattia Perin) and was even invited to training camp with the country's senior side ahead of the upcoming World Cup.

He might be an unknown commodity as of right now, but make no mistake about it: Scuffet's potential is off the charts. The young Italian is already being compared to Thibaut Courtois around Italy, with a similar meteoric rise to fame very much a possibility.

You might have never heard of him, but this kid could be receiving the world-class label very soon.



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